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MSNBC
Mar 25, 2013 11:00am PDT
affect only the federal government's attitude. the states would still decide for themselves but the federal government would have to recognize the marriages in those states. now numbering 9 that permit same sex marriage and if doma is upheld, then federal government goes on ignoring those marriages, depriving same sex couples of about 1,000 federal benefits. >> thank you very much. i know we'll be to you daily and we'll see what happens next. and let me bring in liz mayer who is on the advisory county. steve, chairman of the gay and lesbian victory fund, and the constitutional law professor at georgetown university. thank you for joining me. paul, i would like to start with you. "time" magazine had the cover, from gay marriage to obama care, justice anthony kennedy is the decider. i want to show this to you. and read a portion of talking points memorandum officially there was an article posted. it said there have been two decisions in american history expanding rights for gays and lesbians. anthony kennedy wrote the opinion for both. he know where history is going and that he faces
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2013 11:00am PDT
government shutdown that would have happen a week from today. it keeps the government running for at least the next six months and eases some but not all the sequester cuts as well. to avert a government shutdown in a rare show of bit partisanship, the house pass ad stop-gap bill 318-109. in similar bipartisan fashion, it passed the senate yesterday. the house was divided today when it passed the gop budget plan for the next fiscal year. written by house budget committee chairman, paul ryan. it passed in a mostly party line vote, 221-207 and it followed heated debate. >> this resolution makes deep and indiscriminate and harmful sequestration cuts that threaten our economic recovery. >> we can't continue to spend money we don't have. >> this is an uncompromising ideological approach to our budget. >> we want to balance the budget. they don't. >> chairman of the democratic campaign committee and we should note declined an invitation to trav with the president to israel for these votes. congressman, great to see you. >> good to be with you. >> hold on right now. hold on for a second. we
MSNBC
Mar 18, 2013 11:00am PDT
to continue saturday mail delivery as part of a government spending bill. the house has passed that bill. the senate is expected to follow suit. perhaps as early as tomorrow. walk us through the thinking here. what is the thinking? >> well, the thinking is that one of the things that attracts people to use in the use postal service is that they have had good service. the concern is if you begin to erode the qual of the service, you will see a downward spiral. they will be able to less to compete as a result of that. what we should do is change some of the requirements we've imposed that aren't imposed on any other entity. public or private entity. for example, we require that they prefund 75 years of their health care. there's no private sector company that is required to do that. and no other part of the u.s. government is doing that. they would actually have been in surplus last year. this is postal service. had it not been for that requirement that only they pay. so there are things we can do to give them more flexibility without it being the flexibility to reduce needed services
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2013 11:00am PDT
egypt next door. egypt has a government. not entirely functioning government but it hasn't cancelled the historic peace treaty with israel. but security situation in egypt is collapsing all around it and that is the real fear, if they have total collapse. al qaeda elements increasingly large roles in the opposition. and a real issue of authority next door in syria, post assad. >> martin, let's talk about the other major issue here that is certainly on the agenda there. president perez said today after his meeting, that israel trusts the u.s. policy to prevept iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. not just to contain, but to prevent. do you foresee, martin, any change from the administration towards iran either in action or tone? >> i would imagine that the administration does not want any change for the time being. and i would just like to add to your introduction. i'm not sure it is true to say israel trust the united states completely. they need to say that they do and they need to believe the united states because they are still -- that serves a lot of questions being asked and th
MSNBC
Mar 19, 2013 11:00am PDT
in iraq now is the shia plurality, dominating a government and trying to dominate the kurds and the sunnis. i think it is more a continuing ethnic struggle where iraq's neighbors wish them no good. the iranians supporting the shia, the sunni arabs supporting anb anbar provinces. >> the "washington post" describeding him as neither the failed state, nor the model democracy some had wanted. what is the state of the government right now from your perspective there? >> reporter: well, there is a few different tests. on one hand, it is a country that hasn't completely grappled with democracy. it hasn't struggled in materials of creating more political freedom but there is no doubt democracy has not taken route across the country. the central government still struggles in the northern part of the country under kurdish control. it is a loose amalf. the government is rife with political corruption. there is indeed as we just heard, sectarian tension among political parties. still a lot of missing people in iraq. so by some estimates, although there is more political freedom and freedom of e
MSNBC
Mar 26, 2013 11:00am PDT
constitutional right ought to be decided at the state level as opposed to the federal government. but as a federal constitution that we have. the simple question of how do you establish marriage equality, i think you can see how far we've come in the last few years. >> and back to the incredible scene outside the supreme court. you saw people there waving flags, supporters held rallies on the steps of the court. gay parents brought their young children and said the country is ready for gay equality. and the first openly gay bishop slowing his support. >> let's be strong and keep our eye on the prize. we can persevere in this struggle no matter what the supreme court decides in a couple of months, because we know how this is going to end, don't we? >> this is going to end with our full acceptance and inclusion into the life and citizenship of this nation. and even the conservatives, those out there making all that noise, even they know it. >> while the national organization of marriage led its own rally against same-sex marriage, the group marched from the washington mall to the court,
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2013 11:00am PDT
. >>> government officials in cyprus are reportedly close to a deal to avert the financial meltdown. according to the country's finance minister, that deal could now include a controversial tax on bank deposits. that same deal the parliament rejected a few days ago. our chief correspondent joins with us the very latest. the european union gave cyprus until monday to come up with the bailout plan. what is the likelihood of this happening? >> reporter: most people i've spoken with are optimistic, though it could all be derailed. the stakes are very, very high if they don't get a deal done. it likely means that cyprus would have to abandon the euro and the country doesn't want to do that. it is in their interests to come one something. what they're fighting about is two very large, very sick banks that need a lot more money if they're going to be left standing. and cyprus would like a bailout. the other european countries really don't want to do that. instead what they want cyprus to do, to make those two very large sick banks much, much smaller and therefore, much, much healthier. but if you make t
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